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"The Missile Motel" Oxnard, California - 1988


One more of the many signs that have since been torn down and lost, The Missile Motel is one of my favorites for many reasons.  Most obviously it's on of the most Freudian of signs.  But I also love THAT MISSLE!  Just look how '50s it looks!  

This sign and its Motel was located just before Highway One between Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Built in the late 1950s, it derived it's name from the Point Mugu Naval Air Missile Test Center, that was started as a United States Navy anti-aircraft training center during World War II and was developed in the late 1940s as the Navy's major missile development and test facility. 

Like so many of these fabulous mid-century neon Motel signs, you can get a sense of history about the location just by the name. I pray that somewhere someone has the actual sign and that it wasn't crushed into debris like the motel was.  Anyway, just glad I was able to capture it before it disappeared.  

I hope you enjoy it. 

"The Missile Motel" Oxnard, CA - 8x10" B&W Print in a 11x14" Black Matte

  • Photo is digitally printed on heavy 14 pt stock, semi-gloss, high quality paper using 5-Color Pigment/Dye Reactive ink producing vivid colors and sharp, crisp details.   

    Each print comes matted in a high quality11x17" black mat with the photo centered in a 7.5"x 9.5" opening. Mat is beveled cut with white core and 4-ply thick (about 1.4 mm or 1/16 inch).  Also included is an 11x17" backing board.  Both are enclosed in a plastic sleeve. 

    Prints will last up 100+ years when maintained in proper conditions.  We suggest using "UV-Filter Glass" in your frame which will protect your photograph from 99% of harmful UV rays, as well as provide crisp image resolution for many years.

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